Rottnest Island & Perth Scenic Flight

Today I rented a C172 from the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia based at Jandakot airport for a Perth scenic flight around the local area. As this was the first time I’ve flown out of Jandakot I took one of the local flying instructors with me for help with local procedures and as we were going to fly in CTA around Perth CTR.

Jandakot (like my home airport Bankstown in NSW) is a Class-D airport so most of the ground and tower procedures were familiar, but it was good having a local with me to help with aspects such as radio calls and recognising inbound reporting points.

The 0.9 hour flight took us out of Jandakot, over to Fremantle then once we’d been given clearance to enter Perth CTA we flew around the city skyline and over the WACA.

We flew over Langley Park (the grass strip next to the city in the photo above) which used to be the main airstrip for Perth and was used at ‘pit lane’ for the Red Bull Air Race when it was held here most recently in 2010.

Then we made another left turn around the city and tracked towards Observation City – the Observation Hotel at Scarborough Beach.

After leaving the coastline we tracked out to perform an anti-clockwise circuit of Rottnest Island but didn’t touchdown at the airport there due to the relatively high landing fees ($40) and traffic in the area.

Then it was a short flight back to Jandakot via the ‘Powerhouse’ and ‘Adventure World’ reporting points.

If you’re visiting Perth and fancy trying something similar I’d thoroughly recommend the Royal Aero Club of WA at Jandakot. A really friendly company with a large fleet of aircraft. You can find more details on their website at:

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